Lexington-Richand 5 school officials found their new superintendent within their own ranks.
Veteran educator Christina Melton was chosen Monday to take charge of overseeing the daily operation of classrooms on the north shore of Lake Murray with more than 16,000 students.
Melton, a top aide to retiring superintendent Stephen Hefner, assumes her new role July 1.
“Naming her superintendent-elect helps us ensure the district’s continued success and a seamless transition from one extraordinary superintendent to the next,” School Board chairman Robert Gantt said.
School officials didn’t say how many candidates were considered for the post.
Melton has been an educator for 23 years, serving as chief instructional officer in Lexington-Richland 5 since 2013. She is active in many professional organizations and has been recognized as one of South Carolina’s top school administrators and principals.
Hefner, who expanded magnet instruction for customized learning during his five-year tenure, called Melton well-prepared for the job of overseeing 22 schools rated among the best in South Carolina.
“She will provide both the continuity and stability needed to effect those changes which will move the district to even higher levels of success,” he said.
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